Shakespeare’s Presentation of Relationships in A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Shakespeare’s `A Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ is a comedy which shares
many similarities to another famous Shakespeare play, `Romeo and
Juliet.’ They both begin the same with serious lovers who were fated
in the stars to be together and whose parents disapproved of them
being together. In `A Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ the moon is frequently
mentioned by the characters, `Methinks how slow this old moon wanes;
she lingers my desires,’ the moon being associated with madness
throughout the play. In `Romeo and Juliet,’ the stars are regularly
referred to in a similar manner.
Theseus, Duke of Athens, is about to marry Hippolyta, a lady warrior
who he conquered. Egeus brings his daughter Hermia to court. She and
Lysander want to get married, but Egeus wants her to marry Demetrius,
who also wants her. Under Athenian law, Hermia must marry the man of
her father’s choice or she will be executed.
This is just part of the complicated love triangle that the reader
faces when reading A Midsummer Night’s Dream written by William
The actual tale of the story is simplicity itself but it’s the ideas
and emotions that Shakespeare uses to capture the reader’s imagination
and draw them into deep depths of the story. A Midsummer Night’s Dream
is all about twists and turning imagination and things that seem
impossible into reality, for example:
· Theseus woos Hippoyta “with his sword”. On opposite sides in battle,
they fall in love.
· Helena’s affection for Demetrius seems to make him hate her.
Hermia’s hatred seems to make him love her.
As you can see from the rough outline and examples above the story is
very much engaging the reader, taking them into an epic journey into
the lives of some love sick humans.
It’s important to remember that this is not just a written story, it’s
also a scripted play but how might this epic play be staged to a
modern day audience. People could get away with things on stage that